Growing up in Rossville, Ga., Lauren Alaina considers herself to be a fan of college football. The Mercury recording artist gets to put that love and passion on full display as ESPN selected the American Idol alumnus to create a track exclusively for this season's college football coverage.
Alaina and Imagine Dragons were the only two artists chosen to contribute brand new recordings for ESPN and its college football promotion for the upcoming 2015 season. To say she's excited is putting it mildly.
"I am freaking out," Alaina exclaims to Billboard. "I love college football so much. It's like a holiday at my house. There's nothing else going on around the house. I'm pumped to have the song being used to promote the season. It's going to be played for about 14 weeks, so I'm very excited about it."
The singer says that being one of the faces and voices of ESPN's coverage has made her very popular among her family. "It's definitely one of my favorite things that I've been able to do yet," she says. "My dad will never think I'm cooler for anything else. We're from Georgia and we're huge college football fans, so this is serious!"
Billboard asked Alaina what she loved about the game and just like any SEC fan, she definitely had her opinions!
On the passion of the players...
"I really love the heart that these athletes have. They are going out there and trying to make a name for themselves. It's the first step toward their career, which with me being a new artist, I identify with that. I'm trying to prove myself, so I know how they feel. I love to see their emotion on the field, to see them work so hard and try their best. They're my age. It's a different career path, but we both are trying to stand out and be the best that we can be. I love that."